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Introducing Thrive Health’s Researcher in Residence Program

October 6, 2021

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Thrive Health is excited to announce the launch of our new Researcher in Residence Program.

This new partnership program brings together students and postdoctoral fellows to collaborate with Thrive Health on short term research projects (3-6 months) that address questions and challenges for digital health.

Regardless of their background, researchers who join us for this program have a common goal: to use technology to improve the delivery of healthcare in Canada. We share this passion with them, and through this program, we hope to foster innovation and develop new, evidence-based features and capabilities for the Thrive Health platform, in combination with the in-house medical expertise we have on staff.

We are excited to introduce our first two Researchers in Residence: Tejas Phaterpekar and Joanna Hong. Tejas will be using his previous work with text mining and natural language processing to determine how digital health platforms can better extract valuable insight from an individual’s health care journey. Joanna’s project focuses on measuring patient experience on the Thrive platform, by evaluating different patient engagement models. Here’s a little bit more background on Tejas and Joanna:

Tejas Phaterpekar is a second-year medical student at the University of British Columbia, with research interests involving pain, addiction, and mental health. His interests in these topics stemmed from the several years spent volunteering with Pain BC. With a prior Master’s degree in data science, he wants to leverage data-driven approaches to improve the healthcare experience for Canadians.

Joanna Heejeong Hong, Ph.D., is a John and Daria Barry postdoctoral fellow at the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University and is also a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia. Joanna’s program of research examines how social relationships and psychological characteristics impact people’s physical health and psychological well-being. In addition to basic research, Joanna is committed to translational research and has worked with various organizations (AARP, UnitedHealthcare, IDEO) to build and refine well-being interventions.

Through this program, Thrive Health is building a research community aimed at improving the patient experience through healthcare journeys, and with our platform, we are able to deliver focused analytics around patient engagement that gives us the robust research datasets we need. We are very excited to launch the Researcher in Residence program, and look forward to the insights our partnerships produce.

Calgary (June 6th-10th):

  • A fun and informative tour of the University of Calgary's Simulation Health Center, featuring innovative, simulative technology for health professionals to improve patient outcomes
  • Cesar, a member of our Customer Solutions team, preparing everyone a special Colombian breakfast with arepas, sausages, eggs and hot chocolate
  • Friends, families and colleagues gathering for an outdoor summer BBQ

Toronto (June 13th-18th):

  • Gathering together to work in the Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport
  • Enjoying dinner at Amsterdam Brewhouse with a beautiful ocean view
  • Joining the Integra Health team for a tour of their clinic and wellness services, such as massages and skin treatments
  • Gathering with our customers and partners for an event filled with fun, socializing, and delicious food and cocktails by the pool

Vancouver (June 27th-30th):

  • Working together at our office space downtown with different teams coming together, all while enjoying delicious breakfast, fresh coffee and lots of snacks!
  • Company town hall: discussing our progress so far this year, the road ahead, and our goals, giving us time to reflect and look to the future
  • Wrapping up the week with a picnic in Flora's Field, Kitsilano while enjoying the sun, food, drinks, and friendly competitions

Monday, March 28

Hosted by our Development team

- Our inaugural Thrive Health ping-pong tournament

- Welcome dinner for our team members who flew in for the week

Tuesday, March 29

Hosted by our Product and Marketing teams

-Volunteering at a local women’s shelter, and preparing care packages for people experiencing homelessness

-Sushi-making workshop! M Sushi stopped by our Thrive office and prepared an amazing assortment of sushi for our team, while giving us the opportunity to design our own rolls - and even use the blow-torch.

Wednesday, March 30

Hosted by our Customer Success, Support, and Solutions teams

-Parfait Breakfast Bar to fuel us up for the day ahead

-Coaching workshop for our leadership and management teams, to provide us with new and exciting ways to think about growing our individual teams and continuously offering new leadership opportunities

-Commercial-themed cocktail hour and pizza night, followed by a stroll at beautiful Stanley Park

Thursday, March 31

Hosted by our Admin & Strategic Initiatives teams

-Coming together as a team for a mindfulness session hosted by Peak Wellness that gave us time to destress, check in with ourselves, and be reminded of the importance of getting in touch with our emotions

Friday, April 1

Hosted by our Executive team

-Company fireside chat, where we discussed our vision, goals, and key initiatives for the remainder of 2022, giving us time to celebrate in all of our exciting work ahead

-Ending off the week with a pub social at Colony Granville, featuring a (mildly) competitive bocce tournament!

Our Q1 2022 Onsite Week not only brought a lot of joy and laughter, but gave us the opportunity to come together as a team and connect after a long period of working remotely during the pandemic. We are already looking forward to our next onsite week, and continuing to grow the connections and friendships we have formed.

Monday, March 28

Hosted by our Development team

- Our inaugural Thrive Health ping-pong tournament

- Welcome dinner for our team members who flew in for the week